I’m getting near the end of this major revision of City of Mages. Today I’ll be working on the big climax and battle scene, which in this book seems to need a lot less work than in previous books, even though it’s still quite complex. In the meantime, here’s a little snippet from yesterday’s work, in which Lainie meets her mother-in-law for the first time:
Lainie walked forward. Though the chairs on either side of Lady Venedias were empty, Silas’s mother did not invite her to sit. Closer in, Lainie could now see fine lines on the woman’s face and a bit of slack skin beneath her chin. Maybe she was in her early fifties; old enough to be Silas’s mother but not old enough to have another child several years older, the sister Silas had mentioned, unless she had started very young.
“I wanted to see this person who claims to be married to that son of mine,” Lady Venedias said. She gave Lainie a slow, cool, assessing look up and down. Lainie’s cheeks burned; she felt even shabbier under that look, her pretty dress poor and plain compared to Lady Venedias’s elegance, but she forced herself not to look down or away.
“I find myself skeptical that Siyavas married you of his own free will,” Lady Venedias finally said. “You don’t look like the sort of girl for whom he would throw everything away.”
After the awkward beginning, it really doesn’t go all that badly. This is actually one of my favorite scenes in the book.
Back to work now 🙂